John Taylor "Ike" Williams

John Taylor “Ike” Williams's practice emphasizes intellectual property and media and entertainment law including the creation, production, and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of publishing, film, television, music, and new media. He is the co-author with E. Gabriel Perle and Mark Fischer of the widely used Perle, Williams & Fischer on Publishing Law (2 Vol. Aspen Law and Business), has served as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Awards Panel, a former Trustee and counsel of the Institute of Contemporary Art and The Huntington Theatre, Chair of the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Co-Chair of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Trustee of the Massachusetts School of Art and Design and the Chair of the City of Cambridge Arts Council. 

Mr. Williams is a Trustee of The Boston Book Festival and The New England Quarterly. He has lectured on intellectual property and media law at the law schools of Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Boston University, Boston College, the New England School of Law and Wilkes University. 

Mr. Williams is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (in every edition since 1991); the Top 100 Massachusetts Super lawyers from 2004 - 2016 for either entertainment, First Amendment or media law; Fortune Magazine’s Top-Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law (2010-2016);  a “2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law” by American Lawyer Media, and a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ rated attorney for over 35 years.  He is the recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s 2005 Judge Learned Hand Award and Middlesex School’s 2011 Henry Cabot Lodge Award for public service.

Mr. Williams is admitted to the federal and state bars in Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court and is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is also a founding partner of the New York and Boston literary agency, Kneerim & Williams, LLC.